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Past Progressive Tense

The past progressive tense (also sometimes called "past continuous") is formed by using was/were + main verb + ing, as in, "We were eating dinner when the phone rang."

We use the past progressive tense to talk about actions that were already in progress when another action took place in the past. (At the moment the phone rang, we were already in the process of eating dinner.)

It's also common to use this tense to talk about two on-going actions that were happening at the same time in the past, as in, "While Justin Timberlake was finishing his new album, his fans were waiting for it to come out."

Finally, we can also use this tense to talk about actions in the past that took place over time, as in, "I couldn't sleep last night because dogs were barking the whole night."

Past Progressive Tense Grammar Quiz

  1. While you sweating in the hot sun, I was hanging out in the air conditioned shopping mall.

  2. I lost my watch while I was .

  3. The family at the table sharing cookies.

  4. Julie in the coffee shop when her friend texted her to come to the bar.

  5. While I was cleaning the apartment, were you ?

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Past Progressive Tense Lessons:

Coast To Coast - Rip Hamilton of the Detroit Pistons

The Muppets

Tornadoes

Ghosts

Win Someone Over

Robin Hood

Trains

Classic Rock

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sunny_ling88

China

I couldn’t sleep well last night because my baby was crying the whole night. I was being tired in day time.

11:32 PM May 12 2014 |

ria-12

ria-12

Indonesia

While i was buying some food in the market, my sister was watching tv in her bedroom.


Please correct my sentence.:-) thx

06:40 AM Jan 06 2014 |

ria-12

ria-12

Indonesia

I was doing my homework when my mother called me to slept.


Please correct my sentence, if it wrong. Thx

06:36 AM Jan 06 2014 |

Asyf

Asyf

Pakistan

Guys, if there is any mistake in my sentance, so kindly correct it, Thanks :)

11:36 PM Sep 05 2013 |

Asyf

Asyf

Pakistan

I was thinking about my future when my friends punished. 


11:35 PM Sep 05 2013 |

Asyf

Asyf

Pakistan

My weapon was losted when I was ruuning from police :P


11:33 PM Sep 05 2013 |

peyman1athlete

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

hi candiceAcclo,


i think your sentence needs a corection like this:


i was watching TV when my dad called.

03:20 AM Aug 14 2013 |

CandiceAcclo

China

i were watching TV when my dad called.

06:58 PM Aug 13 2013 |

padmarai96

India

while i was cooking, she was cleaning.

07:01 AM Jun 16 2013 |

francisco lazo

El Salvador

really good

06:12 AM Jun 03 2013 |